What Is Biological Pest Control?

What Is Biological Pest Control?

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What Is Biological Pest Control?

Biological pest control for agriculture involves the use of natural predators, parasites, and pathogens to control pest populations. This method is considered a more sustainable alternative to traditional chemical pesticides as it targets specific pests while minimizing the impact on non-target species.

What Are The Benefits Of Biological Control?

One of the main benefits of biological pest control is that it is species-specific, meaning that it only targets certain pests, while leaving beneficial insects such as pollinators unharmed. This helps to maintain a balance within the ecosystem and reduces the potential for pesticide resistance to develop among pest populations.

Biological pest control also helps to reduce the overall amount of pesticides used on crops, which can have a positive impact on the environment and human health. Additionally, it can also lead to economic benefits, as it can lower the costs of pest management by preserving existing natural enemies population and preventing the apparition of secondary pests while increasing crop yield.

What Are Some Of The Current Barriers To Adoption Of Biocontrol In Outdoor Cropping Systems?

However, biological pest control is also labor-intensive. The application of biological control agents often requires more time and effort than chemical pesticides. For example, the release of natural predators or parasites must be timed correctly to be most effective, and farmers must monitor the populations of both pests and natural control agents to ensure that the balance is maintained. Also, people must walk through the fields to apply the products, and this can take a lot of time.

What Are The Benefits Of Releasing Beneficial Insects And Mites Using Drones?

Drones releasing beneficial insects can help solve application challenges and lead to wider adoption of biological pest control. Drones allow for more efficient and targeted release of beneficial insects, reducing labor costs and improving coverage. Also, it is often easier to employ a drone operator on short notice than it is to employ a team of workers to perform a biocontrol application. Drone technology can help to overcome the challenges of applying the products by allowing for more precise and efficient applications. In addition to the improved efficiency, field research has shown that the distribution and establishment of beneficials from drone applications are high quality.

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